Bernard was born in Orangeburg, SC and has lived in Hinesville, GA for the past 21 years. He is a school teacher by trade and an extraordinarily gifted saxophonist who plays from his soul!
Playing since he was 14 years old, he started playing music in junior high school on the band. “Playing on the marching, jazz, and concert bands was just a neat experience in school. I’m not sure what prompted me to get started, but I think it was constantly hearing music around my house played by my older sister and dad!” he stated.
Bernard has developed a unique style of his own. Growing up some of his favorite artist and groups included Quincy Jones, John Coltrane, Bobbi Humphrey, Patrice Rushen, Roy Ayers, George Duke, Weather Report, Spyro Gyra, Earth, Wind, and Fire and others. These artist inspired his interest in jazz, smooth jazz, and jazz fusion. His list of influences has grown greatly since childhood to include saxophonist such as Dave Koz, Warren Hill, Kim Waters, Jeff Kashiwa, Everette Harp, and others. Known for his smooth silky style, Bernard’s playing and sound has gained great favor and appeal over a wide variety of audiences and people. Over the years, he has played at church, performed at banquets, weddings, workshops, retirement ceremonies, concerts, charity and other special events.
Specializing in contemporary jazz, gospel, contemporary Christian and other quality music he is looking to release his debut CD in May of 2010!